No question with the drafting of Kevin Kolb in the first round of this years draft that the Philadelphia Eagles have a logjam at the QB spot. One player that knows his time in Philly may be drawing near is QB Kelly Holcomb. The veteran QB looks like the odd man out when it comes to even getting a shot at playing this season, and already he is laying the groundwork to play elsewhere. One place he may look to land is in Minnesota, where the team is going to give youngster Tarvaris Jackson the first crack at the QB spot.
Last season Jackson, a first-round draft choice, was thrown into the action late into the season, and had his ups and downs. He was 47-for-81 passing for 475 yards, two TD’s and four picks. While the Vikings are high on him, they have to be careful not to bank the entire 2007 on Jackson. “I just believe he is going to incrementally grow,” coach Brad Childress said of Jackson. “We’ve watched it here in the offseason program. You watch him around guys, you watch him direct guys.”
The backup situation in Minnesota is not much better right now, as the team let go off former starter Brad Johnson, who was the starter a season ago with little success. Right now the team sits with third-year pro Brooks Bollinger and never-has-been Drew Henson, who has gone back and forth between baseball and football the past few seasons. Back to Holcomb, he wouldn’t be a bad fit for the team, as he does have decent starter experience, and can be a vet that can help out Jackson in still learning the ropes.
He recently told Fox Sports Radio that Minnesota would not be a bad place to end up for the 2007 season. “You do think about situations like that,” Holcomb said. “Every now and again, you hear some rumblings and rumors about that. I think it makes sense. Coach Childress was a coordinator in Philadelphia. It is the same offense. Obviously the Eagles just drafted Kevin (Kolb) to go with Donovan (McNabb) and AJ (Feeley). I love the guys in Philadelphia and love the professionalism and Andy Reid and the staff and I’d like to stay. But there is a logjam here and that situation you are describing, with the young talented quarterback in Minnesota, is one I’ve thought about.”
The situation also looks as if Holcomb, if he should end up in purple, could get some playing time. If Childress’ young QB is having a bad day, or the team needs a spark at the QB spot, it would be much easier for them to turn to Holcomb instead of Bollinger or Henson. Look for Holcomb to get let go sooner than later, and for the Vikings to be one of a few teams that take a look at the veteran QB.